In the wake of the death of comics legend Stan Lee late last year, Marvel Comics began honoring the prolific creator in its new comic book releases.
Beginning in February, Marvel started running full-page tributes to Lee, which feature classic installments of Stan's Soapbox -- Lee's write-in column that frequently ran with Marvel's Bullpen Bulletins page in monthly comics published from 1967 to 1978 -- with a different one of Lee's writings being reprinted each month.
The Stan's Soapbox reprinted this month is perhaps the most famous, and arguably most important edition of the classic column, in which Lee used his platform to take a hard stance against racism and bigotry in all its forms. This write-up was originally published November of 1968.
"Let's lay it right on the line," Lee wrote. "Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed supervillains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them - to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are."
"Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits," he continued. "Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God - a god who calls us ALL - his children."
Lee passed away in November of 2018, 50 years after this edition of Stan's Soapbox was originally printed.